Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Mount Tobe Preview

On the slopes of Mount Toby, following a well worn path, I happened upon a row of stones at a spot near a connection to another trail. I just had to look at it closely...

The stone row ends at when the slope gets gentle. Did it so always? I don't know but it leads to a little hilltop where a large boulder sits among remnants of stone rows almost encircling it sort of.
I'll post that sometime soon, but here's the uphill end of the stone row, looking south:

The stone on the high point:

The stone faces south - or perhaps the stone "face" faces south?

Looking west:

Inbetween details of some stones:

Mount Toby is the most modern of names for this high point above Waterbury, first known by it's Indian name "Mattatuck"; Mountobe is suggested to be the earliest recorded form of the word. Frank Speck and others record the Mohegan dialect's form of "Manitou" as Manto, interestingly enough. Scattered about in the greater Waterbury or Mattatuck region are lots of things with names derived from the Native American word Montoe, like "Montoe's House Rock" up by the "Old Hunting Caves" that have become the "Leather Man's Caves."

“MOUNTOBE, MOUNT TOBE—This mountain is separated from Mount Taylor on the south by Spruce brook, and extends upward about three miles to the One Pine hill in Plymouth. On the west, it is separated from Jericho rock by George's brook, named from George Scott, son of Edmund, the planter. On it, the Gaylords and the Warners had lands laid out at an early date. About 1785, Victory Tomlinson, owner of a large proportion of the stock of the Waterbury River turnpike, lived on the mountain only a few feet from its summit, which is 893 feet high.
THE TIMBERED MOUNT TOBE —The uppermost peak of Mount Tobe. It is two feet higher than the main part of the mountain.
LITTLE MOUNT TOBE—Thought to be the hill at Greystone, between which and the mill-pond the railroad passes. It is just above the Plymouth line.
In the line of Indian occupancy referred to, we find the following place names: … to the northward lies "Mount Toby." This is frequently written Mount Tobe, while Mr. Southmayd alone probably gave to us its correct name, in Mountobe, an Indian name, and easily corrupted by the early recorders (who evidently disliked "monotonous spelling") into Mount Toby.”

The town and city of Waterbury, Connecticut , Volume 1 (Google eBook) FROM THE ABORIGINAL PERIOD TO THE YEAR EIGHTEEN HUNDRED AND NINETY-FIVE.


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